Westmorland Heritage

“When are you going to decide who gets number one? I can’t even go to the loo without locking the door”. Andrew Nichol’s frustrations were obvious to the general manager, Harry Firth. No decision had been made as to who would receive book number one of the 1,000 freshly bound copies of Wainwright’s Westmorland Heritage. The Westmorland Gazette had no...

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Wainwright in Lakeland

Mary Burkett, OBE became the director of Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal in 1966. She first met Alfred Wainwright in 1962, and would meet every Monday morning to discuss Abbot Hall finances. They quickly became very close friends. Mary accompanied Wainwright on many of his walks. She became his chauffeur and introduced him to places he had never been. 1983...

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Fellwalking with a Camera

“Andrew, I’ve an idea for a book,” shouted Alfred Wainwright from the kitchen, as he poured two mugs of steaming coffee. In the living room, Andrew – Mr Nichol, General Printing and Book Publishing Manager at the Westmorland Gazette, was startled from his thoughts. Another book? Could that be anything to do with the shoebox on the coffee table, that...

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